All regulatory information for exporting wine goods to Russia including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.
Russia entered into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia on 1 January 2015 following the implementation of the Unified Customs Code in 2010. Kyrgyzstan joined in August 2015. The Union creates a common market for goods, services, capital and labour.
Russia became a fully-fledged WTO member on 22 August 2012, culminating Russia’s 18-year effort to join the multilateral trading system. Russia is a member of the G20 and APEC and is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Russia’s accession to the OECD has been postponed by the Council.
The information in this guide has mostly been obtained from secondary sources. Caution should be taken when using this guide and it is advisable to seek further information.
Barriers to entry include strict and ever-changing rules and low education of Australian wines within the market. The complicated import regulations and certification requirements are expensive and time consuming.
In 2011 the EAEU began work on the unification of technical regulations (TR). There are a vast number of acts; TRs, and national standards for alcohol. The main legislation covering alcohol include TR TS 021/2011 On Food Safety; TR TS 022/2011 On Food Products in Terms of Labelling; TR TS 029/2012 Safety Requirements for Food Additives, Flavours and Technological Aids.
Other laws include Federal Law No. 171-FZ 1995 On State Regulation of The Production and Handling of Ethyl Alcohol, Spirits, and Products Containing Alcohol (as amended on 2 July 2021); GOST 32061-2013 Wine Products, Packaging, Labelling, Transportation and Storage; GOST R 55242-2012 Wines of Protected GIs and Protected Names of Origin; GOST 32715-2014 Liqueur Wines, Liqueur Wines of Protected GIs and Protected Names of Origin.
Russia published the Federal Law On Viticulture and Winemaking in the Russian Federation which came into effect on 26 June 2020. This law was expected to be replaced with the EAEU technical regulation (TR EAEU 047/2018) in January 2021, however the Russian Federal Law will remain in effect. Russia has advised that the EAEU Technical Regulation is undergoing amendments to bring it into line with the Russian Federal Law and is expected to take effect on 1 January 2022. The Russian Federal Law was further amended on 2 July 2021 with those amendments coming into immediate effect.
Imports are regulated by the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rostekhregulirovaniye), the Federal Service for the Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Wellfare (Rospotrebnadzor) and the Federal Customs Service (FTS).
The information in this guide has mostly been obtained from secondary sources and unofficial translations. Caution should be taken when using this guide and it is advisable to seek further information.
Import procedures for the Russian market
Duties and taxes for the Russian market
Labelling requirements for the Russian market
Wine standards for the Russian market